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Dr. Geetha Srinivasan as an applied chemist with 22 years of research experience is passionate about sustainable chemistry, currently with PETRONAS as a Technical Lead in R&D Chemistry. Richly experienced in leading and directing research and development at the interface between academia and industry with strong innovation record of technologies.

Recipient of several awards including outstanding women in science award from L’Oreal-UNESCO-Royal Society in 2012 for her work on ionic liquids in biomedical applications. This was followed by three Institute of Chemical Engineering – IChemE awards and Don Nicklin Medal in 2013 as a key researcher in an environmental mitigation project dealing with toxic heavy metal removal from petrochemical streams, showcased by RSC as one of the 175 faces of Chemistry, recipient of Rising Star in Science and Engineering Category Award UK in 2018. Mentored and supervised numerous doctorates at different stages of career.

Professional recognition includes Elected Member Appointment in Royal Society of Chemistry Industry and Technology Division in 2020, International Editorial Member for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Associate Editor in Green Chemistry Reviews and Letters. Geetha is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Besides chemistry, Geetha is a diversity and inclusivity champion within organizations and beyond!



Merit Scholarship for undergraduate studies from Central Government of India 1994-1997


Senior Research Fellowship for Ph.D studies from Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), India 2004


Research Promotion Award for young scientist by Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, 2006


L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowship 2012-2013


Best presentation award by QUILL-IAB (judged by industrial advisory board members) in March 2013


Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013


Recipient as a key player/currently team leader in the 'Mercury Removal Project' that received IChemE Sustainable Technology Award by IChemE - Malaysia for 2013 and three awards from IChemE international viz. Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award, Sustainable Technology Award and the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering. QUILL’s achievement is first in the 20 year history of the IChemE Awards


Senior Research Fellowship as a Chief Scientist for PETRONAS sponsored projects by Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories, UK since October-2013


Nicklin Medal from IChemE in 2014


Nominated and listed as one of 175 faces of Chemistry showcased by RSC in 2014


Shortlisted for Asian Women of Achievement Award 2014


Teaching Fellowship from School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (QUB) awarded for 2015-2016


Charted Chemist status awarded by Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015


Charted Scientist awarded by Royal Society of Chemistry and Science Council in 2015


Higher Education Academy Fellow 2015


Appointed Chair for Science and Stormont 2016 at the Parliament buildings, Northern Ireland 


Shortlisted for Queen's University Belfast Vice Chancellor's Research Impact Prize 2017 in the Post-Doctoral category


Commitment Award by Intern Europe for 2017 received for exceptional mentoring and training of young interns from across Europe


High Altmetric Scores sustaining in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric - https://wiley.altmetric.com/details/24219643


 Awarded Rising Star UK 2018 in Science and Engineering category by Wearethecity


Awarded Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry - FRSC, April 2019


Elected Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, Industry and Technology Division Council - Appointment July 2020 - July 2023 


Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering from Jan 2021


Associate Editor - Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, Taylor & Francis



Teaching carried out from September 2012 to June 2018

Chemistry Modules at the Interface of Chemistry and Pharmacy:

Solid state interactions to MSc level 

Optical and electron microscopy to MSc level 

Combining solid-state analytical techniques for research purposes 

Chemistry Modules:

Mathematic skills for physical chemistry to undergrduate level 1

Writing chemical reports in english for international students level 3  

Advanced Practical Work in Electrochemistry Supervision for Level 3

Advanced Physical Chemistry: Kinetics, Quantum Theory, and Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids for MSc

Chemical Engineering Modules: 

Oil and gas purification to MEng

Advanced oil and gas process engineering MEng

Modules at the Inteface of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering:

Foundation course in physical chemistry to undergraduate chemistry and chemical engineering students

Invited Industrial Guest lectures delivered in several universities:

1. SRM University India - 2016
2. Alagappa University India - 2018
3. University Malaya Malaysia - 2019
4. Queen's University Belfast - 2020 to 2022
5. Great Zimbave University - 2022


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